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Re: “Suspended St. Joe's nurses accused of over-sedating patients

Where are the patient complaints? If the family members and the patients involved have had problems, why not bring them forward and let them be addressed? The problem is the administration with these certain individuals. Those who work the night shift and know what goes on, knows that not only in the ICU, but the ER amongst other floors all go into a “down time” every night. If medications have been passed, patients are clean, fed, and sleeping then their job is to maintain that patients stability within the unit. When your work is taken care of, then the computer is what every floor has to keep the nurses busy. Do you know that the hospital was understaffed in the ICU so often that the chance of them being able to leave the unit for lunch break for thirty minutes was essentially unheard of. Let alone give them their 15 min. breaks. So instead the nurses would stay on the unit and during their “breaks” or “down time” They would log onto the computer or play the guitar. Music heals, and patients have said positive things about their time in ICU with these nurses in particular. With regards to the patients requesting pain sedation, most of the patients have “scheduled” medications which the DOCTOR'S will order and the nurses use their judgement as to whether administer the medications or not. Typically a patient does not have a lot of ability to make such requests due to the fact that they are in need of critical medical attention. So if the patient's are being “oversedated” then the doctors should order less medication, because the nurses can only pull out of the “pharmacy” the allotted amount. I am sorry for the nurses and their families. They are a great loss to our hospital and our community.

Posted by Kel on 07/30/2009 at 1:19 PM

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